A-Level Results Day - HELP!

The build up to A-Level Results Day is a very stressful period and it is extremely important to be prepared.


  • Research alternative courses and universities and list their details/ telephone numbers. Universities will list available courses before Results Day, so there’s no harm in doing some research beforehand. Know what subjects you’re looking for, and make sure you have thought about why you want to study them.

  • Contact details for your firm and insurance university

  • Pen and Paper,

  • Mobile Phone & Charger

  • A list of any questions you have about the university or the course,

  • Exam certificates on hand (universities may ask you to send them scanned copies of relevant qualification certificates)

  • Have some breakfast


Hopefully you’ll get the exam grades you need, but if you just miss out, the university or college might accept you anyway.

  • You might get a place on either your firm or insurance choice, depending how well your exams go.

  • You might be offered an alternative by the university/college – a ‘changed course offer’ (which you’ll need to accept or decline).

  • You might not get a place, but you can search through our Clearing service to see what courses still have vacancies.

If no decisions are showing, your application might still be under consideration by your university, even if you have missed your grades, give your universities or colleges a call to find out more.


Whether you missed your grades and as a result did not receive any offers or maybe you rejected all your offers; UCAS Clearing allows you to apply to universities with places on courses still available. If you have decided to reject your offer, request for the university to release you into clearing, once your Track status says ‘clearing has started’ or ‘you are in clearing’ you are eligible to go through clearing. Before rejecting your offer please consult with your teachers, parents or advisers.

Use the UCAS website to search for courses you are interested in, then contact the university directly and make sure you have your Personal ID number as well as your Clearing Number on hand so they can access your application (also make a note of your GCSE and A Level grads prior as you may forget them in the heat of the moment).

The phone call may be treated as a mini-interview and they may ask questions such as why you are suitable for the course, why you are interested in the course and what you would bring to the university. Also feel free to ask questions about the university and the course.

If they are happy with your application, the university may give you a verbal offer, once you have received the offer you can log onto track and add the choice through clearing. This verbal offer usually stands for 24 hours, this gives you time to consider other options afterwards as it is extremely important that you don’t rush into a decision and choose a course in a university that is right for you and that you a